Alan Cookson and co driver Julian Wilkinson are planning to contest the MSA British Rally Championship for the first time in 2010 in their newly acquired ex-Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru N15.
Cookson and Wilkinson have a two-year plan to contest the BRC series, after securing extra backing from long-term sponsors Wiseman Dairies, Kick Energy and SPAR, who all felt the BRC offered the perfect stage and increased exposure for their brands.
The pair has also secured other extra help from long-term backers Cuisine de France, Olverelectrical.com, Uno Retail Solutions, and they have also secured help from TEG Sport team backers, Speedline Wheels, Schroth and Cobra Seats to ensure the budget is in place to contest the complete series.
They will run as a satellite team for TEG Sport, the current British Rally Team Champions, in their now familiar 'cow liveried' car, alongside the other two TEG Sport run and Pirelli-backed Subaru N15s, which will be piloted by current British Rally champion and Pirelli Star driver winner, Keith Cronin, and Euan Thorburn, who had a fantastic first year on the BRC in 2009.
"This is the biggest opportunity we have ever had in rallying and to be able to get involved with such a great team that is run so professionally as a third car, is just fantastic for both Julian and I, and we really can't wait for the season to get underway in March in Wales on the Bulldog International,” said Cookson.
“Our first event will be the Malcolm Wilson Rally in early March where we will run alongside the other two Pirelli-backed cars to ensure everyone is happy with how the team will work. We don't have any illusions that we can go out and match the pace of our team-mates, firstly we have a left hand drive rally car now to get used to, and secondly, they are very experienced at this level, and it's certainly very different to what we have been used to for the last two years rallying a WRC Subaru on the ANCRO series.
"We are confident that we can learn from drivers like Keith and Euan this year though, in terms of both set up and pace noting etc, as they clearly have the pace and experience at this level and I'm sure with TEG Sport running the car it will be a reliable package so hopefully we can be consistent and repay the team's faith in asking us to join them.
“We also hope to net them some top ten results along the way in what is shaping up to be a very competitive year on the BRC, before a maximum attack next year when we have familiarised ourselves to the events in the series."
Cookson and Wilkinson are also hoping to contest an Intercontinental Rally Challenge event in Europe if the budget can be raised over the next few months as negotiations are ongoing with potential sponsors.